MoBay's Williams targets title, scoring record
The 2015/2016 football season was not as good as it could have been for Montego Bay United striker, Dino Williams. The 26-year-old started the Red Stripe Premier League with a bang, netting 14 goals in 19 games to lead the League.
However, he departed for trial with Indy Eleven in the North American Soccer League (NASL). But injury denied him a contract.
On his return to domestic football, the injury limited his contribution, though he still scored the winning goal in the Premier League final.
Over the off-season, the prolific striker's body recuperated fully and for the first time in years he is starting a season injury free and warns that this could be his most devastating yet. One of his key ambitions is to take Roen Nelson's 30-goal-a-season record.
"Over the years, I always have some nagging injury, so to start the league injury-free is a plus for me and my team," said Williams.
"This season, I plan to work hard and do the right things. Once I have fitness, I will be on my 'A' game and I know every game I can get one or two goals.
"This season, you are going to see a different Dino Williams, a more aggressive Dino Williams, with more off the ball movements.
"You are going to see a more explosive Dino Williams, creating a lot of damage, leading MoBay United and playing his best football," he warned.
For five successive seasons, MoBay failed to start their season with a win and the omen continued on the opening day with a 2-1 loss to newcomers Maverley-Hughenden at Wespow Park.
However, they rebounded with a 1-0 victory over Tivoli Gardens at Edward Seaga Sports Complex on Sunday, with Williams responsible for the all-important goal, netting at the 25th minute.
Williams is convinced opposing defenders will find it hard to stop him and his teammates.
"When you have your captain, teammates, coaches and everyone believe in you, it motivates you every day to do the job. We have Allan Ottey, (Fabian) McCarthy, Ronaldo Rodney, Cory Hylton and Otis Friend and if everyone starts clicking then that will take some pressure off my back," he analysed.
Williams is confident the title will be MoBay United's again and he is also looking to take Nelson's record.
"We are going to defend our title," he stated confidently. "And this season, I am eyeing Roen Nelson's 30 goals for a season. I hope I get a good start and maintain.
"If I can play almost every game, I can reach my target. If I get 10 goals for the first round that would be a good total. Anything under 10 I will not be satisfied, but anything over will be a bonus," he said.